Induced fetal demise

Induced fetal demise as the name suggests, refers to an iatrogenically-induced fetal demise, most often by injection of a pharmacologic agent.

  • selective or non-selective reduction of one of the fetuses in a multifetal pregnancy
  • fetal demise is often induced before medical or surgical second-trimester termination of pregnancy for a number of indications
    • shortening the time required for labour abortion induction
    • allowing for optimal postdelivery examination of the fetus in an induced abortion
    • avoiding a live birth in a labour abortion
    • patient preference prior to labour abortion
  •  umbilical cord transection
  •  intracardiac, intramuscular or intra-amniotic injection
    • digoxin
    • lidocaine
    • potassium chloride (KCl)

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rID: 36737
System: Obstetrics
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Iatrogenic fetal demise
  • Iatrogenic fetecide
  • Induced foeticide
  • Induced fetecide

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